Community & Environment

Contract awarded for Hamilton’s new rubbish and recycling services

EnvrioWaste CEO Chris Aughton (left) and Councillor Mark Bunting (left).

A new agreement for the management of Hamilton’s new kerbside collection service has been officially recognised today in a major step forward for the city.

Hamilton City Council awarded the 10-year contract for Hamilton’s new rubbish and recycling services to EnviroWaste Services Limited.

The signing of the contract is a key milestone for the Council following a lengthy two-year process which will transform Hamilton’s rubbish and recycling service and reduce the amount of materials sent to landfill.

The new service will operate from 1 July 2020, and includes separate wheelie bins for rubbish and recycling, a smaller separate food scraps collection bin while using the existing recycling crates for glass only.

Councillor Mark Bunting and former chair of the Council’s Waste Taskforce, says the change from bags to bins is what Hamilton wanted and is now being delivered.

“This is the next step in providing a rubbish and recycling service that delivers what residents have been asking for,” Councillor Bunting says.

The $97M contract was approved by Council on 16 August 2018.

Eeva-Liisa Wright, the Council’s General Manager Infrastructure Operations, says the new service is a transformational change to one of the Council’s most important services.

“Our contract with EnviroWaste will provide Hamilton with a leading rubbish and recycling collection service that is better for the environment by making it easier for residents to recycle. We need to get it right now and for the future, ” Mrs Wright says.

The new service is designed to increase Hamilton’s recycling rate from 27% (by weight) to 50%, as set out in Hamilton’s Waste Plan.

EnviroWaste deliver rubbish and recycling contracts for 18 other councils in New Zealand and was selected as the preferred contractor following a competitive Expression of Interest and Request for Proposal processes.

The company has committed to using electric vehicles as part of its services: 25% of the collection fleet will be electric vehicles initially, increasing to 50% within the next five years.

Each wheelie bin, and food scrap bin will be individually identified with an electronic tag to allow for tracking of bins and service uptake.

A mobile education centre will also be available for community awareness, and education campaigns relating to the service and waste minimisation.

Image: EnviroWaste CEO Chris Aughton (left) and Councillor Mark Bunting.

EnviroWaste’s contract includes: 

  • Lincoln St Transfer Station and Hamilton Organic Centre operation
  • Kerbside rubbish, recycling and food service for residential properties (excluding CBD).
  • Transport and disposal of rubbish
  • Collection from the Council’s facilities
  • Illegal dumping collection.

The kerbside collection service includes:

  • 120-litre rubbish wheeled bin, collected fortnightly
  • 240-litre recycling wheeled bin (plastics 1-7, tin, cans, paper and card), collected fortnightly
  • 45-litre crate for glass, collected fortnightly
  • 20-30-litre food bin, collected weekly.

Recycling wheelie bin under the new contract includes:

Paper: office paper, junk mail, envelopes, newspapers and magazines, card and cardboard packaging (including pizza boxes and other food containers).

Plastic: All household containers made of plastics categories 1-7, excluding expanded polystyrene, film, and motor oil and hazardous chemical containers.

Aluminium: all aluminium cans and foil trays.

Steel: all steel cans including aerosols.

Crate

Glass: unbroken glass bottles and jars (clear, green and brown only).

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